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Andrews McMeel Almanac for May 15, 2024 – Andrews McMeel Almanac



Today is the 135th day of 2024 and the 57th day of spring.

TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1607, the Virginia Company of London founded a colony in Jamestown, Virginia.

In 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left St. Louis and set out on their historic expedition to explore the land acquired during the Louisiana Purchase.

In 1940, the Netherlands surrendered to Nazi Germany.

In 1948, the state of Israel was proclaimed during a ceremony in Tel Aviv.

In 1973, Skylab, the first American space station, was launched into orbit.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Otto Klemperer (1885-1973), conductor/composer; Bobby Darin (1936-1973), singer-songwriter/actor; George Lucas (1944-), filmmaker; David Byrne (1952-), singer-songwriter/musician; Robert Zemeckis (1952-), filmmaker; Tim Roth (1961-), actor; Cate Blanchett (1969-), actress; Sofia Coppola (1971-), filmmaker; Frank Gore (1983-), football player; Amber Tamblyn (1983-), actress; Mark Zuckerberg (1984-), programmer/entrepreneur; Rob Gronkowski (1989-), football player; Miranda Cosgrove (1993-), actress.

TODAY’S FACT: The United States paid a total of $15 million for the entire Louisiana purchase – just over $18 per square mile.

TODAY’S SPORT: In 1913, Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson ended his scoreless pitching streak after 55 2/3 innings.

TODAY’S QUOTE: “The secret is not to give up hope. It’s very hard not to do that, because when you’re really doing something worthwhile, I think you’re pushed to the edge of hopelessness before you get to the comes the other side.” –George Lucas

TODAY’S NUMBER: 104 — Members of the Virginia Company who left London to found Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in what would become the United States.

TODAY’S MOON: Between the new moon (May 7) and the first quarter moon (May 15).